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Event Videos / RoboWars Adelaide May Fight Night (150g antweight)
« on: May 18, 2016, 09:05:34 am »
A small (but growing) group of us are running monthly fight nights locally as part of the larger RoboWars Australia community. Currently we're running Antweights (150g in Australia like the UK), with the possibility of including larger classes down the track.

Here's the highlights video from the May event. This month we had 8 combatants (5 adult, 3 children). I'm running Cut Above and my eldest son is running The Force. For more information, including pics of our arena, see this thread on the RoboWars Australia forums.

Questions / Re: Armored 3D printed antweights?
« on: April 06, 2016, 05:06:58 am »
One of the local guys designed the first one, he's printed a bunch and lends them as loaner bots for newcomers as we're trying to build up interest locally starting with antweights (US fairyweights). More info on this thread and on this thread for those interested.

Progress Reports / Re: Near Chaos Robotics
« on: March 04, 2016, 05:43:24 am »
That is one seriously bad-ass axe! I can't wait to see it in action.

Questions / Re: How to builds an arena?
« on: January 31, 2016, 07:07:30 am »
That is a cool article - I keep seeing references to Servo magazine articles and wonder whether I should subscribe.
This thread also goes into a bit of detail about an arena build.

Questions / Re: How To Build Your First Beetle Weight?
« on: January 22, 2016, 09:37:47 pm »
I go the opposite route, get some cheap bits then bodge something together :D

Here's my first beetleweight, Cutting Wedge, built out of cutting boards (the wedge and wheels are quality 12mm HDPE I got on sale, the rest is supermarket aisle cheat stuff).

Unfortunately it's not yet battle-tested as everyone else locally only has antweights (150g) so far. The motors were free (out of some sort of binned xray equipment) so I thought I'd throw something around them. There are lots of sources for cheap insect weight motors online.

ESCs there are plenty of quality options (Botbitz, Fingertech, OperativeRC - see here), but honestly half my bots use these and they work fine (admittedly in antweights so far but they should in theory cope with most beetleweight motors).

Transmitter/receiver wise I find the cheap Hobbyking 6 channel ones work well, just make sure you get the USB cable as well so you can program in mixing (easy with Digital Radio). Hobbyking often have sales on LiPo batteries and chargers, and if you're already paying for shipping are a cheap source for connectors.

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